President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday disclosed that he had a difficult time visiting the late former President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi after being elected in 2013.
Kenyatta, who was speaking at Kabarak in Nakuru County during the remembrance service to mark one-year since Mzee Moi passed on, said that the latter used to stand up and welcome him despite old age.
The Head of State remembered the late second President of the Republic of Kenya as a steadfast, humble and patient statesman who mentored and raised many great leaders.
“Wakati mimi nilichukua usukani mwaka wa 2013, nilikuwa na shida sana kuja hapa kwa sababu mzee lazima nikiingia asimame aseme karibu mheshimiwa Rais. Mimi namwambia Mzee keti anakataa hawezi hivyo sivyo mambo yanaenda. Wewe ndio uko na serikali, wewe ndio kiongozi hata mimi lazima nikuheshimu,” Kenyatta told the gathering.
The first memorial service of the late Mzee Daniel Moi
The President emphasized the need for respect from leaders citing how Mzee Moi served his late father and the first President of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
"Mzee Moi alitumikia mzeee wangu miaka 17 kwa heshima kubwa hadi wakati wake ukafika. Akaongoza wakenya kwa heshima kwa miaka 24 na akawaacha na heshima. Akawa na heshima na Kibaki ata kama hakua choice yake. Wenzangu uongozi mpatapata, lakini tuwe na heshima," Kenyatta stated.
Kenyatta mentioned that he was bemused by the arrogance being displayed by a section of leaders.
"The arrogance we see in today's leadership raises so many questions on the future of this country. Hata ukitukana nani ama uwe na hasira ya aina gani, hiyo haitasaidia. Lakini heshima na unyenyekevu na utulivu wako, mwenyezi Mungu atakuonekania," he concluded.
The President arriving at Nakuru County for the memorial service of teh late Mzee Moi
The Former President died on February 4, 2020, at the Nairobi hospital.